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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #567: Health Care Bill Edition

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Remarks on the bill's passage in the House.

PARTY CHAIRS: The DNC's Tim Kaine and the RNC's Michael Steele duke it out on health care.

JOE LIEBERMAN: Says he will not allow public option to come to a final vote.

REP. ANH 'JOSEPH' CAO: CNN interviews the sole Republican "yes" on health care.

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News: Eminem, Pilot Whales, Outfest, Tel Aviv, Jesus Luz, Tim Kaine

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DNC Chair Tim Kaine issues LGBT Pride month statement.

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Second 'Million Fag March' held near Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church: "Love, who organized the march, said he picked the Gage Park location because it is the same place Westboro leader and anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps began staging his protests in 1991."

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Guess which celebrity turned down the offer Eminem accepted to be the butt of Bruno's MTV Movie Awards joke.

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Obama names new Army Secretary, Rep. John McHugh: few clues as to position on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

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Zachary Quinto grows a John Waters pornstache.

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Washington Post on the Robert Wone murder case: "So began a real-life parlor mystery -- an unsolved killing and alleged coverup in the guest room of an elegant home in the heart of Washington's gay community, with a trio of seemingly unlikely suspects: a self-described "polyamorous family" of three men. The bizarre murder that evening of a young Ivy League lawyer named Robert Wone, still grist for gossip and conjecture on the city's gay blogosphere, has vexed police and prosecutors since the 911 call just before midnight Aug. 2, 2006." 

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THIS was a laugh-and-a-half last night for its pure pathetic-ness.

Jesus

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Madonna boytoy Jesus Luz gets a dedicated spread in L'Officiel Hommes.

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UGLY: The mindset behind Maine's anti-marriage equality petition drive.

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Scotland Yard alarmed at rise in homophobic crimes: "Campaigners say anti-gay violence has surged, and Scotland Yard statistics reveal a 9% rise in homophobic and transphobic offences to 1,372 in the year to April...Acting Detective Superintendent Gerry Campbell, of the Metropolitan police, who headed a recent operation against hate crime that led to 292 arrests, said: 'Homophobia cannot be considered a thing of the past, it's on the increase.'"

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L.A.'s Outfest film festival announces 2009 line-up: "The impressive list of films and filmmakers involved with this year’s festival include writer-director Peter Bratt’s powerful drama 'La Mission' starring Benjamin Bratt, as the Opening Night Gala; Adam Salky returns to Outfest with his stunning debut feature 'Dare' starring Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming and Zach Gilford, as the Closing Night Gala."

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Johnny Depp does Vanity Fair.

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Tel Aviv welcomes Mideast's first gay clinic?

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Blue whales heard singing off New York coast for first time.

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55 Pilot whales die in mass stranding in South Africa: "Authorities shot dozens of exhausted whales that beached on a shore near South Africa's storm-lashed southern tip Saturday amid scenes of grief and despair from volunteers who had tried to save them."

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Nadine Smith: No excuses. No delays. Do we really mean it?

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TIME: How to come out on Facebook...

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Band of Thebes looks at the new exhibition at the New York Public Library: 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation. "Fifteen years ago, in honor of Stonewall 25, the library held a huge lgbt show in the premiere gallery on the first floor, complete with giant pink triangle banner outside, emblazoned with 'Becoming Visible.' Now for the 40th anniversary, we get half the hallway on the third floor."

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Gay Ugandan immigrant deported from Britain and then returned is now suing the Home Office: "The 38-year-old originally fled to Britain in 2001, fearing that being gay - which in Uganda can result in life imprisonment or even death - put his life in danger. He had an outstanding application for a judicial review on his case when he was taken by four security men and bundled on to a flight to Kampala on September 18, 2008."


Democrat Scott Murphy Holds 65 Vote Lead in NY Congressional Race

Just 65 votes separate the candidates in upstate New York in the race to fill Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's seat:

Murphy "With all precincts reporting, the Democrat, Scott Murphy, a 39-year-old venture capitalist, led 77,344 to 77,279 over his Republican rival, Assemblyman James N. Tedisco, 58, for the seat vacated by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat. The turnout was surprisingly strong for a special election. But 10,055 absentee ballots were issued — and 5,907 received so far, state election officials said — meaning the election cannot be decided until the paper ballots are counted. Moreover, it is likely that the count may not begin until at least April 6, said Bob Brehm, a spokesman for the State Board of Elections."

The race is being seen as a referendum on Obama's stimulus package as Murphy, who is from Missouri and was an unknown before February, aligned himself closely with Obama.

DNC Chair Tim Kaine released a statement last night: “Scott Murphy embraced President Obama's message of change and his plans to fix our economy and create jobs, and as a result  he stormed from more than 20 points down to winning a majority of votes cast tonight.  Scott's performance tonight in an overwhelmingly Republican district, where Republicans enjoy a registration advantage over Democrats of more than 70,000, represents a repudiation of the failed politics and policies that Republicans continue to embrace.  We are confident that when all the ballots are counted, Scott will expand his lead and become an ally to President Obama in Congress who will help the President create jobs and turn our economy around."

Tedisco has already gone to court.

ON LGBT issues, Murphy supports civil unions over same-sex marriage, the Weekly Standard reports. Also: "While a student at Harvard, Murphy co-signed an editorial in 1989 that argued that ROTC shouldn’t be allowed on campus because the military was racist, sexist, anti-gay, and the 'values enforced by the military — submission to authority, unquestioning obedience, and a hierarchy of power — are contrary to the University's values of independence, thoughtful inquiry, and equality for all.' Yesterday, Murphy said of his 1989 editorial: 'That was, I said that at the time, and I have changed my opinion, in part because the military’s moved its position” on gays in the military toward Clinton’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.' That said, he most recently answered that 'no', he doesn't have a position on gays in the military.

Murphy's campaign ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Upstate New York House Race Is Too Close to Call [nyt]
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Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to Succeed Howard Dean as DNC Chair

The WaPo reports:

Kaine"Kaine, 50, who emerged as a finalist for the job of Obama's running mate last summer, will operate from Richmond in a part-time capacity until January 2010, when he will become the full-time DNC chairman. Kaine is constitutionally barred from running for reelection. Kaine, a friend of the president-elect's, is a gregarious chief executive who is known to relish political combat and helped put Virginia in the Democratic presidential election column for the first time in almost 50 years. Obama transition officials declined to comment yesterday, and aides to Kaine did not return calls seeking comment. Two sources said Obama will announce his choice of Kaine for the DNC post later this week."

Its a bit unclear what kind of supporter Kaine will show LGBT rights legislation on a national level although in September 2006, Kaine expressed his opposition to an amendment banning same-sex marriage in his home state of Virginia:

"Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Kaine said he will use 'the power of his office' to tell voters about what he says are the amendment's "unintended consequences" for both gay and straight unmarried couples. The amendment says in part that 'the state shall not recognize another . . . legal status to which is assigned the rights benefits, obligations . . . of marriage.'...'This is language I don't feel comfortable putting into the constitution,' said Kaine, who opposes gay marriage. 'I'm married. You ask what the benefits of marriage are? They are infinite. . . . Unmarried individuals are not entitled to any of those?'"

Anyone more familiar with Kaine's recent activity on gay rights, discrimination, etc, feel free to chime in.


John McCain Doesn't Know How Many Houses He Owns

McCain told Politico in an interview yesterday that he's not sure how many houses he owns:

Mccainhome"I think - I'll have my staff get to you. It's condominiums where - I'll have them get to you."

According to Politico, "The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties."

McCain's remarks prompted some chiding from Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, thought to be one of Obama's VP prospects: "He couldn’t count high enough."

By the way, McCain has also come up with a new answer for what "rich" is. If you'll remember, at the Saddleback Church forum he defined it as having over $5 million.

His new answer: "I define rich in other ways besides income. Some people are wealthy and rich in their lives and their children and their ability to educate them. Others are poor if they’re billionaires."

Brave New Films' recent exposé on McCain's homes and the mortgage crisis, AFTER THE JUMP...

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